Braves manager Brian Snitker entrusted the 3-0 lead to his bullpen for the final three innings. Luke Jackson struck out the first two batters in the seventh before a single and a walk ended his outing. Tyler Matzek ended the seventh by striking out Tyrone Taylor to strand the two runners. Matzek pitched a scoreless eighth despite the first two batters reaching base and the Brewers bringing the potential tying run to the plate three times. Closer Will Smith pitched a scoreless ninth despite the first two batters again reaching base. The game ended on a third-to-second-to-first double play.
Power from Riley
The Braves’ third run came in the sixth inning on a solo homer by Austin Riley off Woodruff, one of the Brewers’ three All-Star starting pitchers. It was Riley’s second career postseason homer. The sixth inning completed the day for Woodruff, who allowed three runs on five hits and struck out seven.
-- After Game 1 was played with American Family Field’s retractable roof closed Friday, Game 2 was played with it open. That marked the Brewers’ first postseason game with their stadium’s roof open since 2011. The 21-year-old stadium was known as Miller Park until it was renamed this year.
-- Joc Pederson delivered as a pinch-hitter for the second consecutive game, following his Game 1 home run with a Game 2 single while hitting for Fried in the seventh inning.
-- Speedster Terrance Gore made his Braves debut in his prescribed role as a pinch-runner. Running for Pederson, Gore was attempting to steal second base when Soler flied out to the left-field wall to end the top of the seventh.
-- With runners in scoring position, the Braves were 1-for-6 and the Brewers 0-for-7.
-- Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
The best-of-five series, now even at one game apiece, moves to Truist Park for games 3 and 4 on Monday and Tuesday. As of Saturday, tickets remained available for both games at braves.com/postseason, starting at $40 for Monday and $25 for Tuesday. The Braves described the remaining inventory for Monday as “limited.” More seats remained available for Tuesday.